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Special Needs

Pregnancy superhero: Study ties mother’s folic acid intake to lower autism risk for baby

Autism: A new study found that women taking multivitamins with folic acid before and during pregnancy may lower their baby’s risk of autism. Read more…
Special Needs: Some companies are beginning to examine their human resources practices to better access and accommodate a neurodiverse talent — meaning more job openings for our intellectually or developmentally disabled children. Read more…
Education: When this mom had to decide whether her son would repeat kindergarten, she found little information and help on the topic online. So, she wrote her own book. Read more…

A mother’s intuition: Autistic son improves with his mom’s own therapeutic approach

Therapies: In the second part of our story on Whitney Ellenby’s book “Autism Uncensored,” Ellenby feels that her son’s doctor-recommended therapy was not helpful to him, and opts for an open and honest approach. Read more…
Autism: New York City author Maxine Rosaler, who is a mother of an autistic child, uses her real-life experience to write her new darkly comic novel, “Queen for a Day.” Read more…

‘Not Always Happy’ is a real look at adoption and Down syndrome

Education: Kari Wagner-Peck’s memoir discusses the issues that arose when she and her husband adopted a toddler with Down syndrome, and the difficulty the young boy faced in public school. Read more…

When is it okay to lie to your special-needs son?

Schooling: What do you say to your autistic son who has ambitions way beyond his ability? Read more…

When the special-needs boy turns into a man

Health: Raising a child and then sending him off into the world is a very scary place to be for a parent. But when you have a special-needs child, that spot is 10 times worse. Read more…

‘Autism Uncensored:’ Mom tells son’s story in autobiography

Therapies: Whitney Ellenby had high expectations for her first son, Zack. But her perfectly controlled world soon unraveled when she noticed that something with Zack was not quite typical. Read more…
New & Noteworthy: Summer camp is an incredible experience for all children, but for those with special needs, it can be a true respite from the challenges of everyday life. Read more…

Estate planning protects the finances of special-needs children

Medical Issues: Many special-needs children will be financially dependent on others their entire lives, so it is essential to have a plan in place that protects their long-term financial well-being and those of any other dependents. Read more…
Self-care: When a parent’s emotions are not addressed properly, they can become obstacles in the process of raising his child and can be detrimental in moving forward with appropriate strategies and therapies. Read more…

Flying under the radar: Autism underdiagnosed in girls

Diagnosis: So-called “higher-functioning” autistic women are relatively rare birds. And the reason for this, says guest columnist Sally J. Pla, is that she believes they can reach adulthood undiagnosed. Read more…
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